Israeli embassy claims it was asked by organisers to sponsor Sydney festival

Correspondence suggests festival told groups opposed to sponsorship $20,000 would also pay for Q&A session hosted by Israeli embassy

The government of Israel was asked to financially contribute to the 2022 Sydney festival by someone from the festival’s management, a representative from the Israeli embassy in Canberra has claimed.

The deputy Israeli ambassador to Australia, Ron Gerstenfeld, told ABC radio on Wednesday that “someone from management” approached the embassy for sponsorship of the Sydney Dance Company production of Decadance, a work devised by Tel Aviv choreographer Ohad Naharin.

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